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Summer blockbusters 2014: Hollywood’s difficult season

Box office revenues are down in the US and the studios are braced for one of the worst season’s results in decades. But what were the films like? Tom Brook looks back.

As Autumn draws nearer in the northern hemisphere, moviegoers and critics are taking stock of the summer’s big-budget films and studio executives are totting up the season’s revenues.

These are challenging times for Hollywood. As cinema-going in the US declines, international markets become more important to the big studios, who must find a way to keep foreign audiences happy while not alienating viewers at home.

Although domestic box office has picked up this month, it is still predicted that this blockbuster season’s decline in the US will be one of the biggest in decades.

Tom Brook looks back at some of the season’s big films – from Guardians of the Galaxy and Transformers: Age of Extinction to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.

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